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Mass Excision

Surgical Procedure

Mass growths may occur in any part of the body of animal. Masses are irregular growth tissue and may be classified as benign or cancerous. Masses may exist deep in the body or appear close to the surface where it may be visible. A smaller mass that is closer to the surface can be aspirated and its cell contents checked for cancer, while a deeper and/or larger mass may require excision before sending off multi-area samples for testing or the entire mass with the goal of testing the mass and the margin. The margin is an area of extra tissue just outside the mass that may still harbor cancerous cells, assuming the results confirms cancer.

Depending on the location and size of the mass, as well as the overall health of the pet, overnight monitoring may be required after this procedure.

Process overview

Pre-Surgery Preparations

All procedures require pre-operational bloodwork. Food and water is restricted 8 to 12 hours prior to surgery to prevent possible aspiration due to vomiting. Depending on the case and procedure, additional diagnostic tests may be required for example EKG, Xray, or ultrasound. We may also recommend an anesthesia specialist if necessary to oversee the anesthesia and health monitoring of your pet.

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During Surgery

Your pet will given a sedative to facilitiate preparation of the surgical site and placement of IV cather. The next step is to provide oxygen, fluids, and thermal support. All medical equipment or apparatus will then be connected so as to monitor your pet's vital signs. Your pet is then anesthetized (induced) and appropriate pain management (epidural, local anesthetic, constant rate infusion/CRI) is administered as needed. We will continue to regulate and monitor your pet throughout the procedure.

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Immediately following the procedure, we continue to administer fluids and observe your pet for a few hours until your pet is fully awake. Discharge instructions will be provided during which all your post-op questions will be answered by the doctor and your pet is able to go home to start his/her recovery process. Follow-up post-operative exams and post-operation pain medication is provided.

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